Bestival is a refreshing, vibrant, unique festival...
In early September each year, Bestival brings tens of thousands of music lovers over to the Isle of Wight. This four day festival is mainly organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ (and all round talented guy!) Rob Da Bank. Bestival 2012 took place from 6th-9th September and was the biggest so far, now having reached the same numbers as the more ‘mainstream’ Isle of Wight Festival, with 50,000 people coming over to the island this year. It’s now one of the biggest Isle of Wight events in our already brimming calendar.
So, the Bestival Experience? I am now rather ashamed to admit that 2012 was my first ever Bestival… and boy was I missing out! Why have I not been before?! Bestival can be seen as an ‘alternative’ music festival, ultimately rooted in dance music but also offering a huge variety of music and talent, including many less known bands along with some bigger artists. Rob Da Bank hand picks the music, with the aim of basically getting some great music at the festival rather than worrying too much about getting the big, famous headliners of the day to draw in the crowds. It’s a winning formula which more and more people flock over to! Having said that, this year Florence + The Machine, New Order and Stevie Wonder were pretty big headliners and the crowd loved them!
See our Bestival 2012 photos on the My Guide Isle of Wight Facebook page!
Here is our Bestival 2012 video…
Bestival is a refreshing, vibrant, unique festival with a character and life of its own. Being hosted in the beautiful grounds of Robin Hill adds to Bestival’s artistic and colourful vibe, allowing a free-flowing and much more interesting setting than many festivals, with various areas to wander around without feeling packed in like sardines! However, the setting aside, Bestival itself has a unique feel all of its own. Festival goers are all very friendly and chilled out, creating a brilliant atmosphere!
Around the Bestival site, there is so much to see and do. It’s not all about music! With traditional fairground rides, a variety of entertainment and comedy acts, The Wall of Death motorcycle tricks, charming little cinemas, The Ambient Forest, arts and crafts, plenty of quirky bars – you can amuse yourself for hours!
‘Luxury Camping’ at a festival may be seen as cheating by some… a bit like some people say that caravans are not ‘proper’ camping! However, when you’ve been dancing for hours and on your feet most of the day, if you are happy to spend a little extra, the additional comfort is worth it.